Massage Therapy

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  • Tuition: $20,120.00
    Books, Lab, other fees and supplies required
  • Duration: 2200 hours
  • Level of study: Diploma

This course will prepare you to become a superlative massage therapist, and to prepare you to sit the College of Massage therapist of Ontario (CMTO) Certification Examinations.

The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.

Since this therapy has been used throughout history for treatment of physiology and psychological well being, individuals are turning back to massage therapy as a compliment health care treatment. Massage Therapy is a Regulated Health Proffession, more information at The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

 

Ontario trained massage therapists are in great demand across Canada and internationally. The areas you will be studying in the program are: 

Anatomy ANATopen

This course begins the study of the structure of the human body and includes functions needed to assist in understanding the relationships between bones, muscles, and joints. Students will accurately locate and name joints, muscles, and bones using specific terminology. Regional, systemic, and clinical approaches to anatomy are included. Course materials provide the foundation that prepares students for many upcoming courses and practical experiences.

Physiology PHYSopen

This course emphasizes functions of the human body and their relationship to structures of the human body. Students will learn to understand & use medical terminology to identify and describe physiology & anatomy. The human body is studied at all structural levels beginning with chemical, cellular and continuing to organism. Success in this course prepares students for upcoming courses and practical experiences.

Palpation PALPopen

In this course students will learn palpation techniques and use appropriate pressure to confidently and accurately locate target structures. The target structures could be bony landmarks, ligaments, joints or muscles. This will prepare students for Assessment & Treatment courses. Students will practice methods for draping & undraping patient/clients during practical portions that will also include Trigger point techniques & stretches. Consent and record keeping are part of all practical sessions.

Theory Of Massage Therapy And Massage Techniques MASTopen

This course is the foundation of massage theory and practical skills that the profession is based on. Basic massage techniques, hygiene, safe body mechanics and informed consent are emphasized and the history of massage is also included. Palpation skills are included in practical sessions. Introduction to integumentary and nervous systems are covered to assist students in understanding safe and effective practices.

Therapeutic Relations THREopen

The objectives of this course are to introduce and develop the concepts of client care and ethical behaviour as professionals. This course focuses on the development of verbal and non-verbal skills needed to collaborate effectively with patients and other health care practitioners. Emphasis is placed on listening skills, ethical decision-making, professional boundary-setting, consent, confidentiality, relational issues in the therapeutic relationship, appreciation of diversity, and patient-centred treatment planning. Students are trained in recognizing the characteristics of transference and countertransference, and the power differential between therapist and client to help prepare the students in determining client safety and to manage therapist self-care.

Communication Skills COMMopen

This course will assist students in understanding the importance of effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills. Listening and interviewing skills will be developed, along with methods for adapting communication appropriately to the listener.

Pathology I PATH1open

Cell injury, inflammation and cell repair are covered first to understand pathological processes. Manifestations of conditions are studied in conjunction with relevant anatomy & physiology. This course emphasizes common conditions encountered by Massage Therapists such as stress & pain with an emphasis on musculoskeletal, integumentary and skeletal injuries. Students will identify indications and contraindications relevant to the safe practice of Massage Therapy including situations where referral is necessary.

Clinic Assessment I CAS1open

Clinic Assessment 1 introduces the student to the concept of patient assessment, emphasizing the importance of sound clinical reasoning and assessment skills. Students will develop health history intake, observational, palpation, and orthopedic testing expertise focusing on the cervical spine, shoulder and elbow.

Clinic Treatment I CTR1open

This course is a progression from the Massage Theory and Techniques course. Students will learn to perform safe and effective treatments for conditions involving pain, circulation and muscle dysfunction. During the course the students will incorporate their assessment skills in the evaluation of specific conditions. Critical thinking skills will be developed to enable students to apply their knowledge of pathology, techniques, assessment and treatments when considering specific conditions.

Advanced Techniques ADTEopen

This course is a progression from the Massage Theory & Techniques course. Students will begin to apply assessment skills and use critical thinking to choose safe and effective techniques. This mainly practical course reviews techniques already learned and builds new hands-on skills for a variety of conditions involving pain, circulation, and muscle dysfunction.

Hydrotherapy HYDRopen

This course will provide basic knowledge of the effects, uses and contraindications of a variety of local and general applications of hydrotherapy. It will give a thorough understanding of the physiological effects of hot and cold, emphasizing the integration of relevant clinical application of hydrotherapy techniques into massage therapy treatment and the development of effective treatment plans. Theory and descriptions of common adjunctive modalities is included.

Law, Ethics and Regulation I LWE1open

This course will introduce and develop the concepts of client care and ethical behaviour as professionals. Students will study the legislation governing the practice of massage therapy in Ontario, including National and Provincial laws. Students will examine the regulations and policies set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Remedial Exercise REEXopen

In this course students will cover the principles of Therapeutic exercise while combining their knowledge of anatomy, client assessment and kinesiology to advise clients/patients on performing exercises safely. Lessons include theory, demonstrations and practice ensuring the student understands how to perform the exercise themselves as well as instruct clients/patients on how to perform exercises.

Kinesiology KINEopen

Kinesiology is a progression from the Anatomy and Assessments courses. This mainly theory course focuses on the study of human motion and of systems, factors and principals involved in movement. Muscles and muscle contractions are covered in depth with review of joint structures and function. Students perform Postural & Gait Assessments and begin their understanding of neurology that is related to movement & balance.

Microbiology MICRopen

This course focuses on microbiology - General Bacteriology, Immunology, Systemic bacteriology, and Virology.

Public Health PBHEopen

This course informs the student of the definition and the Public Health Unit in the community. It also provides knowledge and the responsibilities of reportable disease and the importance of sanitation.

Clinical Practicum I CLP1open

Students will learn public/therapist interaction basics and combine their skills to intake, assess and deliver a general treatment. They will also focus their critical thinking skills in assessing and treating dysfunction and practice their knowledge and implementation of legal regulations surrounding the practice of massage therapy. The student clinic is a crucial learning component and is a requirement to graduate from the Massage Therapy Program.

Clinic Assessment II CAS2open

Clinic Assessment 2 continues to develop student assessment skills utilizing sound clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills. Students will continue to develop health history intake, observational, palpation and orthopedic testing expertise focusing on the wrist, hand, spine, pelvis, and lower body.

Clinic Treatments II CTR2open

This course is a progression from Treatments 1 and Assessments. Students will learn to perform safe and effective treatments for conditions involving conditions of the feet, scars and wounds, cancer, bursitis, inflammatory arthritis, and neurological conditions. They will also develop their critical thinking and treatment planning skills and progress their self-care strategies.

Pathology II PATH2open

This course is a continuation of concepts and conditions learned in Pathophysiology I. In similar fashion the manifestations of conditions are studied with the integration of relevant anatomy & physiology. Pathological conditions from the muscular, circulatory & lymphatic systems are emphasized. Students will identify indications and contraindications relevant to the safe practice of massage therapy including situations where referral is necessary.

System Anatomy SYANopen

This course is a progression from Anatomy and Physiology and incorporates with Pathology. It is a simple visual description of a system, focusing on the dependencies between system capabilities. Massage therapists require an in-depth understanding of normal body function, pathologies and conditions encountered in professional practice. Through lecture and discussion students focus on the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive and urinary systems in the context of providing massage therapy.

Neurology NEURopen

This course focuses on the structure, function, and pathologies of the Nervous System. Pain and headaches are covered including methods of treatment. Special Senses, Somatosensory functions and Reflexes are included.

Business BUSIopen

This course is designed to prepare students to obtain employment in the massage therapy profession. Students will consider their short—and long-term goals and the type of professional work they want to pursue. Much of the course will consist of Assignments. Students will examine the regulations and policies set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Law, Ethics and Regulation II LWE2open

This course will continue to develop the concepts of client care and ethical behaviour in therapists that was introduced in Ethics, Law, and Regulations 1. Students will study the legislation governing the practice of massage therapy in Ontario including National and Provincial laws. Students will examine the regulations and policies set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Nutrition NUTRopen

This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles of human nutrition. Nutrition may serve as a component of self-care and effective client nutrition. Students will learn the functions of nutrients within the body and the food sources of various micro and macronutrients, along with the role of nutrition in states of disease. Students will have the opportunity to analyze their individual food intake and explore the rationale behind specific food group choices.

Pharmacology PHARopen

Students will learn basic pharmacology terms and concepts, understand the importance of medication in history taking, and consider the impact that medications may have within the context of massage therapy. Successful completion of this module will assist students in safely assessing and treating clients who are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Research Literacy RESEopen

This course instructs students how to find, evaluate, and read research articles that can be used in Massage Therapy practice. Research methods are clearly defined, and students will learn how to evaluate research through an assignment. Emphasis is on the importance of keeping up with what is new in Massage Therapy practice and how research will improve the health care provided.

OSCE Prepopen

This course is offered upon completion of most of the mandatory coursework in the Massage Therapy Program. Its purpose is to assess students' comprehensive knowledge and critical thinking abilities developed throughout their studies. Additionally, it evaluates students' proficiency in communicating their understanding using proper communication skills and medical terminology, preparing them for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) component of their entry-to-practice registration examinations.

Final Comprehensive Theory FINALopen

This course is offered upon completion of most of the mandatory coursework in the Massage Therapy Program. It aims to evaluate their knowledge and critical thinking skills across their entire course of study. Additionally, the course assesses their ability to articulate their understanding of their knowledge using the proper communication skills and correct medical terminology. This preparation is crucial for the written multiple-choice question (MCQ) segment of their entry-to-practice registration examinations.

Clinical Practicum II CLP2open

This is a continuation of CLP1 where students will continue to function independently, utilizing all learned competencies to identify dysfunction and develop a complete approach to all facets of clinical practice. Students will also continue to build on their confidence through minimal supervision directives as they prove their abilities and readiness for the professional world.

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